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17 9, 8:31am
That sounds about right. But the creation of a power vacuum is the serious reason Da'esh exists, and if Saddam and Assad still had iron fists to rule they would not exist. (BTW I was told to say Da'esh instead of ISIS because it irritates those halfwit barbarians.)
Ideally, I'd like to end our footprint in the middle east, but it isn't feasible. The power vacuum has to be filled by SOMETHING. I'd prefer it to be, for lack of a better term, "contained evil" (read: Assad)
It is true though that the very existence of places like Iraq can be traced back to the imperialist days of the UK and France, when they basically said "sectarian problems? Naaah those won't be an issue!"
Truth be told if other countries want to support dictators at their own expense, that's fine by me. Let the Russians and Iranians pay to keep Assad in power. One more thing that isn't our problem.
As an American who seems to understand foreign policy, who do you like as POTUS for 2016?
I like Jim Webb. I think Pataki isn't bad, or Kasich, but in today's lunatic GOP they won't get support. I appreciate Bernie Sanders because he is genuine but he wouldn't address the national debt and I feel like he would make the same foreign policy mistakes Obama has made the last 7 years. Larry Lessig is OK but I don't know much about him.
Hillary and Jeb need to be tossed into the scrapheap of failed politicians. Trump is the equivalent of switching from injecting heroin to smoking it to avoid getting sick -- trying to end a government bought off by billionaires by electing a billionaire is completely nonsensical.
Boy, do I miss FDR.